“Locke & Key” has at all times been outlined by household: it is a present the place the primary characters can solely actually belief their siblings — the place a major different can turn into a shape-shifting demon. It is a present that kicked off with a father’s homicide and a mom’s descent again into alcoholism, leaving the Locke siblings to fend for themselves. Even the most recent villain ties neatly into the household lore, having focused the Lockes within the 18th century.
Whereas it is becoming that the ultimate season of “Locke & Key” will come full circle by returning to considered one of its authentic themes, it additionally appears noteworthy that just a few of Netflix’s latest supernatural TV reveals are bringing household and shut interpersonal relationships to the forefront. “The Umbrella Academy” suits the invoice finest, because the Hargreeves siblings might have stopped three apocalypses thus far, however the show has always prioritized their family dynamic. That being stated, it’s miles from the one latest instance. Simply take the most recent season of “Stranger Things,” the place the conflicts and bonds between households (and the core buddies, who’ve was a household in their very own proper) take middle stage.
Whereas we would not be shocked if Netflix’s concentrate on household is a technique to maintain viewers invested in every new season (and subscribed to the platform), it is an attention-grabbing sample however — and one which makes for compelling tales.